SF Ballet Star Brings Home the Gold

Maria Kochetkova wins Superstars of Dance

It's official: San Francisco has one of the best dancers in the world.

The Bay Area's own, well via Russia anyway, Maria Kochetkova won the gold medal as the Russian soloist on NBC's "Superstars of Dance" on Monday night. What perfect timing, considering Kochetkova is dancing in Yuri Possokhov's new ballet "Diving into the Lilacs" Wednesday and Friday night at the San Francisco Ballet. Tickets are still available for the show.

 And the Russian beauty loves dancing in the Bay Area.

"Ah yes, I like San Francisco," she said in a recent interview. "It's a really unusual city—it's very interesting, it has a lot of different sides of it, so yes."

If you missed either her final of semifinal performance, you can check them out below. Congratulations Kochetkova.

Semifinal Performance

Final Performance

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